Fort Missoula

Department of Justice Internment Camp

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Tom Matsuoka Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-47-23)
vh Tom Matsuoka Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-47-23)
Life in the Justice Department internment camp at Fort Missoula, Montana
Misa Taketa Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-436-11)
vh Misa Taketa Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-436-11)
Reading letters to father while he was in a Department of Justice camp
George Iseri Interview Segment 19 (ddr-one-7-40-19)
vh George Iseri Interview Segment 19 (ddr-one-7-40-19)
Father's internment at Fort Missoula

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Letter written by an Issei man (ddr-densho-25-70)
doc Letter written by an Issei man (ddr-densho-25-70)
Matahichi Iseri had been imprisoned in Fort Missoula, Montana, a Department of Justice internment camp for "enemy aliens," since shortly after December 7, 1941. He sometimes wrote letters in his native Japanese, which were read and censored by interpreters and officials from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Letter written by an Issei man to his family (ddr-densho-25-26)
doc Letter written by an Issei man to his family (ddr-densho-25-26)
While he was at Fort Missoula, Montana, a Department of Justice internment camp for enemy aliens, Matahichi Iseri wrote to his wife and children, who were still awaiting a relocation assignment from the WRA.
Issei's hearing notice (ddr-densho-25-71)
doc Issei's hearing notice (ddr-densho-25-71)
Matahichi Iseri was arrested as an "enemy alien." Those arrested were required to appear before an alien enemy hearing board.
Postcard from Issei man to wife (May 2, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-79)
doc Postcard from Issei man to wife (May 2, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-79)
Excerpt: "I fell [feel] fretfully that I could not help you at all, thank you for you paid my debt."
Letter from Issei man to wife (May 18, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-87)
doc Letter from Issei man to wife (May 18, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-87)
Excerpt: "Open your letter with grateful, you are better now, but you should good care..."
Letter from Issei man to wife (June 4, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-101)
doc Letter from Issei man to wife (June 4, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-101)
Excerpt: "There can be no greater pleasure than for a family to live in harmony but we were obliged to part at this grim problem, as accessory of war."
Letter from Issei man to wife (May 14, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-86)
doc Letter from Issei man to wife (May 14, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-86)
Excerpt: "You wrote me feel not good on eighth, Friday. Then I waited letter, surprised Roy's air mail open with fear but delighted he says Ma is well."
Letter from Issei man to wife (March 19, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-70)
doc Letter from Issei man to wife (March 19, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-70)
Excerpt: "Thanks you and Roy worked very hard to run the business until the last day and so busy moved house that same time."
Postcard from Issei man to wife (May 23, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-91)
doc Postcard from Issei man to wife (May 23, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-91)
Excerpt: "Acknowledge your loving letter today. Happy to know you are well and met many friends at Area D."
Letter from Issei man to wife (June 1, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-98)
doc Letter from Issei man to wife (June 1, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-98)
Excerpt: "How are you? Am well and put my things in order. i am all right but awfully anxious about you."
Letter from Issei man to wife (January 26, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-51)
doc Letter from Issei man to wife (January 26, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-51)
Excerpt: "Received teleglam [telegram], wish you better after tonsils took out."
Letter from Issei man to wife (April 20, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-77)
doc Letter from Issei man to wife (April 20, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-77)
Excerpt: "I don't know how long I stay here but let you know as soon as I find to move or home. Might be we meet near future, unquestionable."
Letter from Issei man to wife (March 5, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-65)
doc Letter from Issei man to wife (March 5, 1942) (ddr-densho-140-65)
Excerpt: "I worry 2 things, you working too much under poor situation of restaurant and business finance!"
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